Miss Universe Australia has been told to cover up after pageant organisers deemed her clothes too provocative.

Scherri-Lee Biggs, 21, was told her satin evening gown was offensively "see-through" and her bikini way too sexy, News Ltd reported yesterday.

As well as covering up, Biggs was told to make her bikini bottoms larger to ensure they held everything in place when strutting the catwalk.

The controversy follows similar sartorial orders for Miss Colombia, Catalina Robayo, who was told by organisers to wear underwear.


Robayo, one of 89 women competing this week in Sao Paulo, Brazil, has been reprimanded for appearing in tiny skirts with no underwear.

"It's upsetting too many people," she was told.

News Ltd said Biggs had brushed aside her dress drama, declaring: "I'm super-excited about the final and just having heaps of fun with all the girls at rehearsals. Keep your fingers crossed for me Australia!"

Kooey designer Nikki Silverthorne, who designed Biggs' swimsuit, said, "I do think it's a bit silly Scherri may have to alter her dress as it covered a lot more than the bikini."